Toys “R” Us plans to close more than 180 U.S. stores

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Description: Toys “R” Us is planning to shutter a fifth of its U.S. stores. Source: CNNMooney.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/24/news/companies/toys-r-us-stores-closing/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the reasons for the store closures? How can management deal with the challenges facing the firm?

Tesla unveils pay plan for CEO Elon Musk

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Description: CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports on how Tesla is paying CEO Elon Musk’s salary. Tesla unveils pay plan for CEO Elon Musk from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/01/23/tesla-unveils-pay-plan-for-ceo-elon-musk.html Questions for discussion: How is Elon Musk compensated? Is this an appropriate method for senior management of a firm, in… Read more »

This Army of AI Robots Will Feed the World

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Description: And it could do it while eliminating herbicides, replenishing topsoil, and reducing carbon consumption. If all goes to plan. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 11, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-01-11/this-army-of-ai-robots-will-feed-the-world Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the future uses of technology? How will these predictions affect business and workers?

Flu season could cost employers $9 billion in productivity

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Description: Dr. William Schaffner, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and Andy Challenger, of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, discuss how the flu affects the US economy and how people can avoid illness during a tough flu season. Flu season could cost employers $9 billion in productivity from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 19, 2018… Read more »

‘Right thing to do’: JJ Bean gives Ontario minimum wage to Vancouver staff

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Description: The company increased the price of products to offset the cost of wage increases Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 12, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jj-bean-coffee-wage-increase-hike-1.4486070 Questions for discussion: How has this firm adjusted to minimum wage laws? Do you think this strategy will work or will business decline?

Canada’s top CEOs earn 200 times an average worker’s salary: report

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Description: Average yearly compensation for top 100 CEOs is now $10.4 million Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 02, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ceo-income-pay-canadian-worker-1.4462496 Questions for discussion: What are the arguments about fair compensation for employees of companies? Do you believe the top CEOs are fairly compensated? How might this report affect employee relations at Canadian firms? Should government… Read more »

Blue-collar jobs are booming in America

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Description: 2017 was a great year to be employed in the construction and manufacturing sectors. And if President Trump and Congress push for infrastructure spending, this year could be even better. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Jan 05, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/05/investing/jobs-report-construction-manufacturing/index.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about business activity and the… Read more »

How coworkers’ random coffee dates transformed this company’s culture

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Description: Not knowing coworkers means coordination breaks down, information gaps develop, customers get a disjointed experience, and culture doesn’t get a chance to grow Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 11, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/0109-biz-rh-ryan-fpe Questions for discussion: What sort of benefits have derived from this program? Why do you suppose this program has been successful? What sort… Read more »

Welcome to the machine: Why white-collar jobs are safe from AI — for now

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Description: Artificial intelligence can perform certain specific tasks far better than humans, but it still has a long way to go before it can replace humans Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 28, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/welcome-to-the-machine-why-white-collar-jobs-are-safe-from-ai-for-now Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points that managers should undersatnd about AI and how it is likley to affect business… Read more »

Older Canadians forgoing retirement, working through golden years, census shows

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Description: The latest census data show more and more Canadians are choosing to eschew the traditional retirement age, whether for their health, their finances or just for the fun of it Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 29, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/retirement/older-canadians-forgoing-retirement-working-through-golden-years-census-2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What should HR managers do with this… Read more »